Re: Q: Getting started on a package
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On Wed, 29 Apr 1998, Igor Grobman wrote:
> It seems that noone responded to these questions yet...
> Some time around Mon, 27 Apr 1998 11:29:20 EDT,
> Stephen Carpenter wrote:
> > what is the proper procedure for taking over the package?
> Email the current maintainer and firstname.lastname@example.org, and inform them of your
> plans. If the package is listed as orphaned, only email wnpp. I would also
> try to contact the upstream maintainer/author, and introduce myself.
I did that...and he said that if noone else has uploaded a package then it
I will send an e-mail to wnpp now
as fo rthe upstream author...he saw a message I put about
another package I was interested in (when I thought xfstt was taken)
and he actually initated me looking further into it!
Seems like a real nice guy.
> There are 2 approaches to this type of Makefile. You can change the makefile
> to install into $(DESTDIR), and send the patches upstream. Alternatively, you
> can ignore the install target of upstream makefile, and do all the
> installation from your debian/rules file. Depending on the situation, any of
> the above 2 may be preferable. Sometimes, if you know there is no active
> upstream author, or if you know that the author will not accept your patches
> for whatever reason, it is better to do it in the debian/rules file.
> Sometimes, it's just an easier way out ;-).
Turns out that had already been don is editing the Rules file
in fact...other than adding the "debian" directory...
there were only about 3 or 4 lines of change to the original source in
the patch file!
I have already gotten a new version of the upstream source
and incorperated the changes so that I now have the latest version!
I must say that the debian packaging system is much easier than
I thought once I got into it!
> Hope this answers your questions.
It does...tho some of it I found on my own
(stumbling around...you know how it is...)
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